The Caledonia Midlands League title will be decided on Saturday as University of St Andrews host league leaders Grangemouth Stags at University park in what will be a winner takes all game. The Saints are currently 2points behind Grangemouth in the league having lost the 1st game between the clubs at the start of the season in Grangemouth in a close 17-11 defeat. The Saints, smarting due to their poor performance that day, have not lost a league game since but come up against a team that has yet to lose all season.
The Saints have scored more bonus points this season, which means they only need to win the game and not worry about scoring 4tries. Both clubs still have one more Saturday fixture to play after they face each other but each team know that this Saturday is the crucial one. The respective teams warmed up for ‘the big one’ with solid away wins this weekend and University of St Andrews Director of Rugby, David Ross, is enjoying the fact that that the season is culminating in such a big match.
‘We have had a lot of rugby to take part in this season with not only our Caledonia League commitments but with the clubs BUCS games taking place across the country. We have 5teams playing every week and rugby at the University is growing and this winner takes all match is evidence of that. We also participated in the inaugural Scottish Varsity Match in London against Edinburgh University which was a huge occasion played in front of over 1500 people and three different television camera crews, so our boys are used to the big game atmosphere.
Grangemouth deserved to win the 1st game between the two clubs at the start of the season due to us under performing and I think that we underestimated them which was the main problem. They have obviously recruited well with their coaching staff and influx of players and it is great to see their change in culture at their club this year. Our players now know what a huge challenge it will be but key for us is we have no pressure on us at all, it is Grangemouth’s league to lose. All we have to do is perform and see what happens, Grangemouth have to win.’
The game kicks off at 3pm and the club would welcome as many supporters to come and enjoy what will not only be an exciting game with the title at stake but I am sure will be an excellent advert for club rugby in Scotland. Seats in the stand will fill up fast, so make sure you get there in time for KO.
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